ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR MEMBERS' ETHICS AND INTEREST
deliberate attempts by the ANC in the Ethics committee today to play down Tony
Yengeni's non-disclosure of vehicles and property as an innocent omission is not
convincing. Mr Yengeni is after all the Chief Whip of the Majority Party tasked
with ensuring that two thirds of the Members of Parliament abide by the rules of
The media reports clearly indicate that the acquisition of the vehicle involved
fall outside normal business practice, which has been confirmed by the company
involved. Furthermore, the media has exposed that traffic fines confirm that Mr
Yengeni used the vehicle before his first payment. Mr Yengeni has not refuted
these facts in his response, neither has he adequately explained the funding and
acquisition of this particular vehicle.
Mr Yengeni, like various ANC MPs and members of the Executive in recent times,
is showing complete and utter disdain for the institution of Parliament.
Yengeni's lack of regard for the Ethics Committee has also raised the concern
that there might be other interests that he has not declared. After three
requests by the Ethics Committee to respond to allegations brought against him,
Yengeni has still not provided an adequate explanation.
The UDM calls on the Ethics Committee to take a strong, hard line of action
regarding Yengeni's contempt. The Speaker, herself, has created a precedent by
deviating from existing inadequate penalties, by publicly reprimanding two ANC
Members of Parliament found guilty of abusing parliamentary travel privileges.
Yengeni deserves nothing less. He has shown complete and utter contempt for the
institution of Parliament.
Mr Cedric Frolick, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Members' Ethics and Interests
08 May 2001